2004 Saturn Ion Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Saturn Ion

2004 Saturn Ion Problems

The power steering assist may be lost intermittently along with illumination of the "power steering" warning message. In most cases, the power steering system will return to normal when the ignition is cycled off and the engine is restarted. General Motors recommends to replace the electric power steering assist motor to correct this problem. They have extended the warranty on the power steering assist motor to 10 years or 100,000 miles on most 2004-2007 Ion models. This is not a "recall" but an extension of the original warranty.

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

The ignition module or an ignition coil may fail causing an engine misfire, the Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate. Diagnoses will be required to determine the cause and needed repair.

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2004 Saturn Ion Questions

It also has a bumping noise when I hit a bump or pothole.

I bought my 2nd 04 Ion 1yr ago, w/ 96,000miles on it. Since 1st day, the car shakes horribly when u go 55 or more. I had it aligned, put new tires on, & tierodd replaced, but its now worse than ever. My new tires, bout in July,2014, wore unevenly& now, so bady, they need replacing. My fr...

rims are bent on my 04 ion, & I want to buy used set, to replace them. The size I need is 15x6 4x100, & though I've found plenty in this size, they've come off of Honda accords/civics, Chevy cobalts, kia sport ages, sect. Would any other make vehicle's rims be compatible w...

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2004 Saturn Ion Recalls

In order to help prevent rollaway type accidents, all late model vehicles are designed so that the transmission must be in park (or reverse for a manual transmission) before the ignition switch can be turned to the "off" position and the key removed. These vehicles are being recalled because the key can be removed when the ignition is not in the "off" position, increasing the risk of a rollaway type accident. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace the ignition lock cylinder as necessary. 2 new keys will also be supplied and programmed as required.

The vehicles being recalled are equipped with an electric power steering (EPS) assist system. The EPS can fail unexpectedly while driving. If this were to occur, steering ability would be maintained but much greater effort would be necessary to steer the vehicle, especially at slow speeds. One of four remedies will be applied depending on the model and year. Parts are not yet available so expect a second notification when they are. 

These vehicles are being recalled because the weight on the key ring and/or a jarring event while driving may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the ignition switch to correct this concern.

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2004 Saturn Ion Reviews

I bought a 2004 Saturn in 07. It had 48,000 miles on it and seemed to run fine.. until it got cold...or cool anyway. If the wind was blowing and it was a little cold, it would take about 20 tries for my car to start in the morning. What's really odd is, I had about 6 inches of snow on my car and it started right up! I have taken it to 2 different mechanics and they can't figure it out. Also, th...

Ive had my Saturn for about 5yrs now & all is well. However when my clutch went out a couple of weeks ago the dealership quoted me a price of $2100.00!!! (I know right) But i must say that this is the only time my vehicle has been in the shop so i guess i cant complain too much....right?? I wonder if this because the car is 6yrs old or if transmission problems is just another you have 2 deal wi...

OK-If you have not ran into the problem with your car dash lights all working and everything seems fine,but it will not start or even sound like it will start,then you will,it's winter and that is when GM'S ignition screwup starts acting up. Google saturn white wire and saturn stabiliser bars/sway bars. Fix this stuff now and you won't regret it. I on the other hand,did not fix the white wire p...

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